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    • Golden Isles Marina (Statute Mile 676)

      Golden Isles is certainly an excellent operation, but also give a look at Jekyll Harbor Marina, just to the south on the eastern shores of the AICW/Jekyll Creek. This latter facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      Just spent three days here waiting out the remains of IDA. Great staff (Melissa, Rose, Chick et al). Coastal Kitchen at the top of the dock had excellent cuisine. Rented a car at the airport (closeby) to visit St. Simons and Jekyll Island. Gonna miss the muffins and newspaper in the morning when we’re in a marina next.
      Pete & Mary Ann s/v MicMac

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Golden Isles Marina

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    • Fort McAllister Marina (Statute Mile 603.5)

      It’s a long trek up the inadequately marked Ogeechee River from the AICW to Fort McAllister Marina. As Captains Bob and Judy suggest below, be SURE to call the marina ahead of time for navigational directions. Otherwise, this is clearly one of the most improved marinas along the Georgia coastline. A complete rebuild a few years ago seems to have really done the job!

      We stayed in this marina for two nights in mid-October 2009 in order to be close to make a quick driving trip to our home in Florida. The marina is a jewel of a place to stay if you need access to the southern area of Savannah. It’s about 7 miles off the ICW, so may not be suitable for those just passing through the area. The rates are extremely reasonable.Friendly, helpful marina staff. You’ll need to consult them to find your way into the marina through the shoal water about a mile downstream of the marina, but it’s easy enough once you are told how to proceed. Former private ATONS washed away in the tidal current (up to 2.5 knots), but the Coast Guard is in the process of adding light-listed markers. Hopefully they’ll also conduct a bottom survey to update the chart of the area.The Maptech chartbook of the area does not cover the Ogeechee River beyond the ICW, but electronics charts on a laptop and chartplotter did; however, they were not accurate by any stretch of the imagination within 2 miles of the marina – that’s where you need to call for local knowledge.In the lower river, the charted 8 foot shoal extending from the north bank extends much further than shown. Stay close to the south bank (port side when going upstream) until past the 8 foot tongue and then move to the north (starboard) side the rest of the way up the river until coming around the last broad bend to port when you’ll need to switch to the port side of the river (and call for local knowledge). Close to the outer banks on both sides the depths run 12-16 feet at low tide.The on-site casual restaurant specializes in seafood and has a commanding view of the river and docks. Try the shrimp and grits – they’re great!Bob McLeran and Judy YoungNow that we’re back home after five months cruising the ICW and Chesapeake Bay, I’d like to provide some navigation information for getting to the Ft. McAllister Marina on the Ogeechee River. It’s a relatively easy trip from ATON #96 until you get about 2 miles from the marina – then you need some local info or the waypoints I’ve provided here.As far as the river is concerned, intially hug the left bank (follow the green) and avoid the center just beyond the departure from the ICW, then in the charted 10 foot tongue cut across to the right side and hug the shore with the greens to port all the way to the first waypoint. Then cut back to the left side to the second waypoint. Then hug the shore again all the way to the marina. Water depths along the shore will run anywhere from 12-18 feet at MLW. Crossing between the waypoints at MLW you might see 7 feet. Tide runs about 8 feet, so if you’re concerned about the depth wait until mid-tide or higher. Don’t be afraid of getting too close to either shore – 50 to 100 yards is about right!Here are the two waypoints you’ll need: first (on the right bank) 31-54.1759N/081-11.2374W (31°54.1759N / 081°11.2374W, 31.902932 / -81.187290) then cut to this one on the left bank 31-53.7890N/081-11.3404 (31°53.7890N / 081°11.3404W, 31.896483 / -81.189007) (NOTE THE DEGREES ARE IN DEGREES AND MINUTES). You shouldn’t have any trouble if you use these waypoints to get back on the marina side of the Ogeechee.Avoid the stakes in the water near the marina – they mark a shallow area. There may be a red and green ball in the water where you cut across, but you can’t count on them being there or in the correct location. If you have any concerns call the marina by phone and they’ll find someone to guide you in when they can see you.It’s worth the trip!Bob McLeran & Judy Young

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort McAllister Marina

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    • Front River/Creighton Narrows/AICW Shoaling (near Statute Mile 643)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      20. We have had a few reports of shoaling on the “Creighton Narrows” section of the Georgia AICW (near Statue Mile 642). Has anyone noted less than normal soundings while cruising through?

      Responses follow:

      We came through the Front River/ Creighton Narrows an hour before low tide and got low soundings in two places:
      mile 641 just after the bend to the southwest was 6.3 feet with 1.6 feet of tide according to my chartplotter tide graph. That would be in the 4.7 ft range at dead low.
      Between marker 155 and 155A we also got soundings of 6.2 feet which would be 4.6 feet at low tide. I stayed right on the magenta line. I’m glad we had the extra 1 1/2 foot though we draw only 3.5 Ft.
      Jean Thomason

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    • Visiting Sapelo Island Ashore (near Statute Mile 649)

      I must admit that I’ve never had the good fortune to go ashore at Sapeli Island, but after reading Captain Thomason’s account below, it certainly sounds worth the effort.

      I don’t have the benefit of having your new SC/GA Guide but if you haven’t included it already, you might share some information about visiting Sapelo Island. In order to visit, one must have a legitimate reason such as going on a tour, knowing someone on the island, being a guest of the Marine Institute etc. There are regularly scheduled tours through the Sapelo Island Visitors Center (tel: 912-437-3224) but they are only once or twice a week and one must take the ferry to get to the island ($10 for the ferry- don’t know if there’s a charge for the tour). However, the Visitor’s Center will provide names and numbers for some local guides who for fees ranging from $15 to $50 per person, will meet boaters at Marsh Landing and take them on a tour. Big boats can’t be brought to the dock, but it is OK to tie up a dinghy there and anchor the big boat in the Duplin River. We have arranged for a tour tomorrow for $25 per person (a reasonable fee for a three hour or so tour and it gives work to local residents) and will let you know how it goes. The ferry schedule can be found on line at http://www.sapeloislandgeorgia.org/ferry.html . It leaves from Meridian near the visitor’s center.
      There is lots of other information on line about what to see; just google Sapelo Island, GA.
      We have anchored on the Duplin River before, usually next to the higher ground of Little Sapelo Island but this time we are just north of the ferry dock. There is little breeze and lots of no-see-ums!
      That’s it for today. Coming up is the Little Mud River so I’ll give you an update on that later (we won’t do that at low tide- been there, done that!
      Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

      To continue our report on visiting Sapelo Island. We had a good tour with Fran Drayton who lives on the island in Hog Hammock. She picked us and five others (who came on the ferry) up in her van. There was no problem with leaving our dinghy at the small floating dock at Marsh Landing. The tours run by the DNR are Wednesdays and Saturdays and definitely require advanced reservation through the Visitor’s Center and one must take the ferry from Meridian. I asked the DNR guide if there was any place to anchor a boat near the ferry dock in Meridian – he thought not, but mentioned a marina near there where one could dock. The Visitor’s Center would probably know. In the afternoon we took the dinghy up Barn Creek to Post Office Creek where the community dock is. If one had a local contact on the island, this might be another place to leave a dinghy.
      All for now-
      Jean Thomason, DOVEKIE

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For Duplin River

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    • Great Restaurant Near Brunswick Landing Marina (Statute Mile 680)

      Brunswick Landing Marina is located within walking distance of downtown Brunswick, where you will find several good dining choices like the one described below.

      Just had a GREAT meal at Cargo Portside in Brunswick GA. Don’t miss this one when in the area. A reasonable walk from the [Brunswick Landing] marina.
      Ed Potter
      “Alfie”

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Brunswick Landing Marina

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    • Big Tom Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 602.5)

      Big Tom Creek cuts the eastern banks of the AICW/Bear River, south of marker #105A.

      We are anchored on Big Tom Creek off the Bear River, just around the first turn to the northeast in 15 ft of water just past low tide. Plenty of swing room and nice views of Ossabaw Island. Aside from an occasional small powerboat, the only sounds are the birds and the dolphins in the creek.
      Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Big Tom Creek

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    • Buckhead Creek – Cane Patch Creek (Upper Bear River) Anchorages (Statute Mile 608.5)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      15. Has anyone anchored on the Buckhead Creek – Cane Patch Creek complex of streams, running east off the ICW at the southern foot of the Florida Passage (Statute Mile 608.5)? What did you discover?

      Responses follow:

      Anchored on Cane Patch Creek April 10, 2009 just north of a small patch of higher ground which effectively gave protection from south wind 10-15 mph. Anchored in 20 ft at low tide – had 100 ft of road out. Lots of swing room.
      Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchroage Directory Listing For Upper Bear River and Associated Streams and Anchorages

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    • Darien River to Darien, GA (just north of the AICW’s Entrance Into Altamaha Sound)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      Who has left the Waterway and tracked their way upstream on Darien River to the village of the same name? If you have done this, what sort of depths and channel markings did you encounter between the ICW and the Darien waterfront? Where did you dock at Darien? Please tell us something about the village and any good places to eat ashore.

      Responses follow:

      Yo Claiborne!
      In response to your query about Darien, I can supply to following. I/we have visited there about 4 times as we have good friends depths are quite good. There is a sharp turn at the junction of Rockedundy Creek but that is well marked also. There are several good anchorages along the way with good holding, but the current is pretty swift at times and sometimes things in the river (including alligators) can go “bump in the night”. Depending on the current, transient time is a round an hour to Darien.
      The docks are municipal/county and the rate is $.75/foot with electric (30A). The docks are parallel to the current, which helps as they are unattended. You pay at the small building above the docks. There is probably enough room for 5-6 average sized cruising boats. I’m told that the docks may be expanded in the future. While small, the town is charming and in the process of major renewal. There are several new restaurants, gourmet store and wine shop, hardware store, post office, convenience store, etc. I have personally eaten at Skippers Fish
      Camp several times and found it very good every time. There is also a great spot for breakfast on the main drag. The town is a great walking one with a historical fort less than a mile away. There is a good sized shrimp boat presence with fresh seafood available. I heartily recommend the stop.
      While not having stayed there, I’ve visited two Mile Fish Camp several times and found it to be a well-run marina. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center folks use it as a base, so often there are interesting things going on. I can heartily recommend Mudcat Charlies also. everything is good.
      I’m copying my buddy Ron on this, so he may be able to flesh this out as he lives here. Might even act as a port captain (ala MTOA).
      Donovan Vezin
      MV/EOS, Endeavour Trawlercat 44

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    • Wahoo River Anchorage (Statute Mile 630)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      19. Who’s left the Waterway and anchored on the beautiful waters of Wahoo River (off South Newport River, near Statute Mile 630)? Did you anchor just east of Wahoo Island, as I recommend in my South Carolina ‘“ Georgia cruising guide? Please tell us what you found here!

      Responses follow:

      We anchored in the Wahoo River in June 2009. Great spot to anchor just south of Wahoo Island in about 18 feet of water with some wind protection from the north; no wind protection from any other direction. We did not anchor to the east of Wahoo Island; no particular reason other than getting the island to the north of us for wind protection from that quadrant rather than hanging out further east/southeast with no wind protection from any direction.
      Bob McLeran and Judy Young
      MV Sanderling

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For The Wahoo River Anchorage

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    • Frederica River Anchorages (near Statute Mile 666)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      28. Has anyone run the Frederica River as an alternate passage, rejoining the ICW north of flashing daybeacon #241. If so, did you anchor abeam of the Fort Frederica National Monument, or anywhere else on the river? Please give us a report on what you found.

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      In late March,2008, s/v”Carolina” traveled the Frederica River(west side of Jeckyl Island) from south to north, entering from the ICW just north of Golden Isles Marina. We were accompanied by s/v “Pamonetti” and m/v “Pelican”. We encountered consistent depths of no less than 20 feet the entire curving length of the river. All three vessels anchored overnight in about 24 feet tucked up against the west bank of the island in the curve near the National Monument. We all had plenty of swing room and were well sheltered from N through SSE, which was much appreciated. Wind at the time was NE 15-20 but everyone had a quiet night. We encountered a very thick fog after getting underway in the morning and all dropped their hooks and enjoyed another cup of coffee.
      Steve and Sheila Kamp
      s/v “Carolina”

      We ran the Frederica River in June 2009 and anchored midway between the fort and the now inaccessible dock about 300 yards south of the fort. We entered at mid-tide. Depths were never less than 8 feet and in many places approached 20 feet. Holding was good with hard mud. Wind protection from the east is good, but not from any other direction (although we didn’t encounter any substantial winds from any direction while we were there). The charts displayed on the chart plotter (and on paper charts) were accurate for the location of deeper water through the length of the river.
      We called the fort/park office, and were told that the dinghy dock is closed due to structural problems, but they anticipated it would be repaired and open again in the fall. We’ll check when we head back south in October – it appears to be a delightful place to visit.
      Bob McLeran and Judy Young
      MV Sanderling

      On October 4 we ran the Frederica River, anchoring near Ft. Frederica. As I previously reported the dinghy dock is not in place yet. Someone has made a small start of placing some planks from the edge where the ladder is attached to the new retaining wall, but that is all. It would be so nice if the Park Service would see fit to extend the dock to the low water line. We had a quiet evening. There were two other local boats anchored which left in the afternoon. Lots of no-see-ums for the past three nights. Depths on the Frederica are generally good if one favors the outside of curves.
      Jean Thomason, DOVEKIE

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Frederica River Anchroages

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    • Walburg Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 619)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      18. Those of you who have anchored on Walburg Creek (off. St. Catherine’s Sound) in 2008, please tell us what you found. Did you use the northern entrance from the Sound, or did you try to make use of the creek’s shallow southerly mouth opposite the Waterway’s unlighted daybeacon #124? Did you spot any of the exotic animals housed on St. Catherine’s Island?

      Responses follow:

      We anchored there late Nov. 2008 and liked it so well that we dropped anchor again on the way north in May 2009, Both times we entered from the northern entrance.
      We found it to be peaceful and uncrowded, plenty of swing room and good holding.
      It was so quiet we could hear the dolphins breathing as they swam by.
      We woulkd give this a 4 anchor rating
      Ron & Audrey
      Lucky Girl

      We went through Walburg Creek just to check it out. There was one sailboat anchored in the vicinity of the small private dock. They said they had had an enjoyable, quiet evening – no zebra! The green C which used to mark the middle ground at the northern entrance is no longer there (and I guess hasn’t been for some time because it’s not on our electronic charts. The western entrance which is charted 4 ft would have been 6.1 feet at low tide. In fact the whole last curve at the western endwhich has depths on 19 to 23 feet on the chart would be about 6 feet at low tide.
      Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Walburg Creek

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    • Kilkenny Marina (Statute Mile 614)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      16. Who has visited Kilkenny Creek Marina lately (Statute Mile 614)? Did you hear the `Deliverance’ music playing in the background, or did you have a good experience? Did you dine at the newly re-opened restaurant here?

      Responses follow:

      We took a look a couple of years ago at Kilkenny and decided to avoid it. It was just a shack and a dock with some scary looking characters hanging around. A friend of mine dropped by there this year and said the place has changed a lot, with a restaurant added. See if you get more info on this place because it is well located and may have gone through a transformation.
      Best regards,
      Woody Norwood

      We stayed at Kilkenny Marina at the end of June this year. It was strategically located between St. Simons and Savannah. The entrance channel had plenty of depth all the way up the creek, and the dockmaster monitored the VHF and gave us docking instructions before we got there. This is a barebones operation – no restaurant or rest rooms to speak of, just dockside electricity and water,but I was impressed with the friendliness of the people. It was eerily quiet all night, and we saw a lot of stars. A welcome change from the touristy towns of Fernandina and Golden Isles.
      Shel Rabin
      S/V Evening Star

      Claiborne,
      I’ve been up and down the ICW several times and I *still* keep Killkenny on my `must stop’ list. It’s a pleasure to talk to the owners and a joy to sleep in absolute peace and quiet. Plus the sky is loaded with stars if you’re lucky enough to pick a cloudless night. I really like to watch them launch those small boats with their ingenious launch rig. It’s right up there with Leland Oil Company as a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of most other stops. Both of these places are examples of what I imagine the ICW was like many years ago. Another excellent one is the B&B Seafood Company. I believe that is what it’s called.
      Jack Kamer
      S/V Glisse

      Naturally, we got there on Monday so couldn’t try the new resturant. This is our fifth stop in the last three years and we plan on stopping there again. Robert and Bob are super and do their best to please. The peace and quiet is wonderful. Good diesel prices, also.
      Bob Poovey

      We have our boat docked at Kilkenny’¦we love that place’¦Danny and the other guys are great to work with’¦You should really give it a try’¦Dont let the small appearance fool you’¦it is an awesome place to be.
      Shannon

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Kilkenny Marina

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      1. Shannon -  October 21, 2009 - 11:32 am

        We have our boat docked at Kilkenny…we love that place…Danny and the other guys are great to work with…You should really give it a try…Dont let the small appearance fool you…it is an awesome place to be.

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    • Brunswick Landing Marina (Statute Mile 680)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      30. Someone who has docked at Brunswick Landing Marina, please give us a report on what you found. Any dining recommendations in nearby, downtown Brunswick would also be very welcome.

      Responses follow:

      We have very much enjoyed our stay at Brunswick Landing Marina. Rates are very reasonable, it is clean, safe, appears to be a great hurricane hole. Sherry one of the dockmasters is great. They have lots of friendly live aboards with plenty of local knowledge. Wayne Horn is an excellent mechanic and they have a yard with travel lift. The floating docks are very solid, no current (rare in GA) and easy to get into. The Lounges are clean, large, nice. Amazingly Laundry is FREE!
      We have had several tasty meals at Fox’s Pizza Den 1429 Newcastle Street Brunswick GA 31520 (912) 265-4490. They have a daily special, several types of pizza, Stromboli, spaghetti, great wings, cute decore. Great prices. Our favorite. We keep coming back.
      Another more upscale place is Cargo Portside Grill. Food was more pricey but well worth it. They have a first Friday celebration where many stores stay open late. We had dinner on the sidewalk while being serenaded by a good guitarist.
      The 4th of May Café is great too and even closer to the marina.
      Paul & Judy Jones
      SV Gratitude
      2005 Island Packet 445
      Draft 5′

      Brunswick Landing is our home marina. This is our second long-term stay. It is very reasonably priced and is clean and safe as has been mentioned. For dining options, Fox’s Pizza (already mentioned) is great; there’s also Pronzo (?) Portside Deli, Arte Pizza (fantastic brick oven specialties – good stuff!) and as has already been mentioned, the upscale and fantastic Cargo. Some good breakfast/lunch places are close by as is a public library.Grocery stores and chandleries are available but are a drive, as is Home Depot, Target, etc. Marina access is easy, depths are good and protection from weather is decent. Two captain’s lounges are well furnished and clean, as are the shower/bathroom and laundry facilities. The marina also has wi-fi service throughout. The one downside is the papermill across the marshes to the west and north. There is a current and tidal range, but it is slight compared to many other places along the GA and South Carolina coasts. There is a full service boatyard attached to the marina.
      Bill and Lisa Ballard

      We came in to Brunswick Landing Marina. The dock staff was there to help us and were helpful in other ways. The restrooms are nice and very clean.
      Jean Thomason, DOVEKIE

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Brunswick Landing Marina

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    • Golden Isles Marina (Statute Mile 676)

      On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      29. I’m sure many of you have docked at Golden Isles Marina (Statute Mile 676) some time in 2009. Please give us a report on this well run facility.

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      We have had the pleasure of docking as well as using the dinghy docking privileges at Golden Isles Marina several times in the last 2 months. We found the dock facilities very good. We had kids aboard and they loved swimming in the pool. Melissa was a great dockhand and helped us with the current. If you call ahead and take her advice you should have no problem docking. We used the courtesy car a couple of times, very handy. The Coastal Kitchen was an excellent restaurant. We had two very good meals both lunch and dinner.
      We anchored out a couple of nights too and dinghyed in. $5/day. Holding was no problem but the tide will swing you back and forth. Laundry was reasonable and convenient. Restroom could have been nicer but clean and functional.
      Very close to St. Simons and Brunswick.
      Paul & Judy Jones
      SV Gratitude
      2005 Island Packet 445
      Draft 5′

      Great facility
      Great dockmaster
      Free courtesy car which we used to go to West Marine and Winn Dixie ( a 5 minute drive). We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the restaurant at the end of the dock. In the morning we awoke to muffins and a local paper on our deck.
      Ron & Audrey
      Lucky Girl

      Stayed at Golden Isles at end of June this year. This makes the second year in a row. Still a great place to stay. Great dockpersons, friendly and helpful. Morning paper and muffins helped us decide to extend our stay a few days.
      Shel Rabin
      M/V Evening Star

      I have stayed at Golden Isles, The lady who runs the docks is great. The current is strong so take notice. There is a great restaurant at the marina so enjoy. St Simons and Sea Island are both within miles. The Cloister at Sea Island is beautiful, expensive, and first class.
      Hicks Milner

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Golden Isles Marina

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    • Wahoo River Anchorage (Statute Mile 630)

      We have always found Wahoo River to be a good anchorage, right in the middle of nowhere along the Georgia coastline. Swing room is a bit less here than the chart would lead you to believe, as the shallow water comes up sooner than indicated.

      We also found Wahoo river to be a very good anchorage. While we were there a major squall came roaring through. We saw 30 knts of wind and the winds were clocking. But through the entire night the holding was EXCELLENT
      Denny

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For Wahoo River

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    • Fort McAllister Marina (Statute Mile 603.5)

      Fort McAllister Marina is located on the Ogeechee River, well upstream of the AICW's passage. I'm glad Capatin Vicki (see below) had a good experience here. My problem with this place has always been the uncertainly marked river channel leading upstream from the AICW.

      Subject: Fort McCallister Marina
      Cruising News: We spent the last 3 days at the Fort McCallister Marina with the district 26 power squadrons and this marina handled our needs with efficiency and first class service. The restaurant on site is excellent and all the staff were right there to fulfill our needs.
      Vicki Swierkowski

      Claiborne,
       We just spent the weekend at Tybee Island on a Power Squadron cruise and rendezvous and we had about quite a few boats at Ft. McAllister Marina. I understand it has been there a long time, but was recently purchased and upgraded a great deal. They have a large hoist, lots of docks, great restaurant and catering service and the friendliest dockhands around. I had checked my cruising guide before the event and did not find them listed. When I checked with Toby regarding any visits from you; he was all in favor of my contacting you. I will put a link to their site in this email and hopefully, you will be able to recommend them. http://www.fortmcallistermarina.com/
      The only weak link was the restroom facilities, but perhaps they will be in the next upgrade phase. Most of the boats were large enough that they probably used their own facilities.
      Hope all is well with you,
      Kathy Redford

      Cruising News: I recently (6-10 thru 6-12-09) spent several days at the Fl McAllister Marina.  The experience was great. It is located 6.1 nm up the Ogeechee River. Getting there is easy and well charted and marked.  The only exception is when crossing the river from N bank to S Bank just 1.1 nm E of the marina.  This crossing is well marked and has 4.0' depth at .0' low tide.  The marina is well run by Toby Hansen who has a wealth of knowledge (fishing, cruising) not only local area but from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  The restaurant at the marina, Fish Tales, has excellent local cuisine at fair prices.  Historical Ft. McAllister Park is a short walk.  For provisioning, there is a strip shopping within 6 mi with liquor store and Publix.  Currents at the marina are parallel to the docks and the marina staff is very willing and able to get you safely secured to the dock. This area is a great wk end destination for local GA boaters and a great place to cool your heels for several days if moving on the ICW.
      Charles Wilsdorf

      I e-mailed Captain Vicki, and asked if she remembers the markings on the Ogeechee River channel between the AICW and Fort McAllister Marina. She was kind enough to send along the reply below.

      They do not have regulation markings, however, if you hug the starboard side of the river and stay to port of the danger markings as you continue toward the marina they do have green and red buoys to lead you across the river to the marina. No one had any problem reaching the marina.
      Vicki Swierkowski

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    • Golden Isles Marina (Statute Mile 676)

      I agree that Golden Isles is an excellent faciltity. Also, don’t overlook Jekyll Harbor Marina, just to the south. It is also a very fine marina, and a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      Subject: Golden Isles Marina
      Cruising News: Stop in here if you are ever in the Brunswick, GA area. Great docks, super restaurant and and a very good dockmaster, Melissa Linton who will make sure you have a good experience. Mechanic Wayne Horne worked on my alternator on Mothers Day and did a great job. Got some help with our A/C water strainer fom a fellow boater. Very friendly crowd at Golden Isles and definitely on my “return here” list. Cruisers net marina sponsors have been exceptional from the Panhandle, down the west Florida coast, fom Stewart Florida up to Savannah…what a great resource!
      Robert Fitzgerald

      I have stayed at Golden Isles, The lady who runs the docks is great. The current is strong so take notice. There is a great restaurant at the marina so enjoy. St Simons and Sea Island are both within miles. The Cloister at Sea Island is beautiful, expensive, and first class.
      Hicks Milner

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    • What To Do If Your’re “Stuck” in Brunswick, GA

      Below is a thread I copied from the "Great Loop" list. Sounds like some good advice on what to do in downtown Brunswick, GA. This business district is walkable from Brunswick Landing Marina.

      Due to a predicted Nor easter, with 40 knot winds, we are "stuck" here in Brunswick Ga for the next 3 days! Could be worse.
      Happy  Cruising!
      Sterling

      Hey Sterling,
      At the risk of giving away my favorite shopping spot……check out the thrift store downtown and get nice shirts for $1 and jeans for $2.  Also, if you need any work done on the boat go to the bakery or the marina and ask for the "tribe".  They do excellent work at good rates, and they are honest.
      TT

      Also, go downtown New Castle St. (south)  and eat at Cargo's Port Side Grill!  You won't regret it.  Say Hi to owners Christie and Chef Jason for us…great folks 4 star dining. Posted by a stout portly satisfied repeat customer.
      Joe
      "Carolyn Ann"

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    • Jove Creek (St. M. 671) No-Go

      Jove Creek indents the AICW's eastern banks, a short hop north of the Waterway's intersection with southern Frederica River. I've never recommended Jove Creek, even for exploration, much less anchoring. Looks like Captain Rich's experience bears out this advice!

      Subject: Shallow water
      Cruising News: I attempted to enter Jove Creek (MM 670.9) on 5 May and ran aground in the middle of the marked channel at the entrance. It was 1' above low tide and I draw 3'
      Rich Tanner

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    • Sunbury Crab Company Marina (Statute Mile 620, on the Medway River)

       Panoramic View of the Sunbury Harbor Relaxed Laid-Back Atmosphere Fresh Steamed Blue Crabs caught Daily Homemade Crab Cakes and Crab StewRestaurant offers a Full-Service BarSunday Home-Cooking LunchI've lost count of the number of laudatory postings we've had here on the Net's "Georgia" page concerning Sunbury Crab Company Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR). Suffice it to say that it's WELL worth the trip up Medway River to Sunbury Crab Company, not only for the marina facilities, but their GREAT restaurant as well!

      Subject: Sunbury Crab Co
      Cruising News: "Mangos" spent two pleasurable nights at Sunbury recently and enjoyed every minute. The owner/operators are the Maley family.  Follow the outstanding directions on their website or call them up and they will guide you in.  Foating Docks are new.  Seafood at the restaurant is simply outstanding.  Call ahead for hours.  Friendly and accommodating fokes at the Crab Co and worth the extra time for a little side trip off the ICW.
      Robert Fitzgerald

      And, even more kudos!

      We are staying at a very quaint Marina on the Medway River. Sunbury Marina. A nice stop for us slower boats from Savannah-Brunswick Ga. The food is excellent
      Bob & Becky
      M/V SUNCATCHER

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